http://tinyurl.com/ae942br BLACK DIAMOND FLEECE TIGHTS BY FRANCES PENN OR November 19, 2012 TESTER INFORMATION NAME: Frances Penn EMAIL: fpenn AT sbcglobal DOTMessage 1 of 3 , Dec 3 6:15 PMView Sourcehttp://tinyurl.com/ae942br
BLACK DIAMOND FLEECE TIGHTS
BY FRANCES PENN
November 19, 2012
NAME: Frances Penn
EMAIL: fpenn AT sbcglobal DOT net
LOCATION: Costa Mesa, California, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 135 lb (61.20 kg)
I have been backpacking for five years mostly on long weekends in Southern California with one or two 5-day trips per year in the Sierras. My total daypack weight is usually 15 lb (7 kg) and my total backpack weight is usually 28-30 lb (13-14 kg). I am a tent camper and have experienced all night rain, heavy winds, camping in snow once, but mostly fair weather.
Manufacturer: Black Diamond Sportswear
Model Name: Double Diamond
Year of Manufacture: 2012
Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.sierratradingpost.com" LINK TEXT = "www.sierratradingpost.com">>
MSRP: US $24.95
Men's version: 10 oz (283 g)
Women's version: 6 oz (170 g)
Men's version: 10 oz (283 g)
Women's version: 6 oz (170 g)
Materials: 100% polyester
Men's: 32" (81 cm)
Women's: 30" (76 cm)
Men's sizes currently available: Large and 2 Extra Large
Women's sizes currently available: Small, Medium, Large, 1 Extra Large
Made in China
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These microfleece tights are made of microsoft polyester that fits snug to be used as a base layer. They are lightweight and breathable. The seams and bottom hem are flatlock stitched for a smooth feel that does not bunch during wear.
I have worn both the women's and men's models, but I currently wear the men's model because they fit me better. The men's inseam is longer, the waistband is not as tight. The fit is much tighter on the women's version. I have worn my fleece tights as pajamas on every backpacking trip for the last three years, which I estimate to be at least 25 trips or more. The temperatures are usually 30 to 40 (4 to -1 C). Depending on the temperatures, I wear them alone or over bottom thermal underwear. They are comfortable in both configurations, but obviously a little tighter when worn over thermals. All of the seams are flatlock stitched. The side seams only run along the inside of the legs. The bottom hem is flatlock stitched without being folded over so they don't create bulk under my fleece socks. The waistband is 1 3/4 inches wide and allows me to tuck in my thermal top for extra warmth. The wide waistband does not bind or restrict my movement. The material is just as soft on the inside as it is on the outside.
What I really enjoy about wearing these tights is that I can wear them in camp while making dinner and in the morning during breakfast and it doesn't look like I have my underwear on. Once I wore them to a winter outdoor party and no one noticed I was wearing my backpacking pajamas. I usually wear fleece socks pulled up over the bottom hem as an extra measure to keep warm.
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I have washed them in the morning during trips and hung them on a line during the day. They were dry by the time I returned from my day hike that afternoon. They are pill resistant and do not snag. The tag indicates to machine wash and hang to dry which is how I have washed them. They do not wrinkle and when folded, they fit into a gallon size Ziploc bag for packing along with my bottom thermals.
They have a mild odor after a few evenings of wear but that odor is removed by a quick washing in camp. Even though they are wrinkled after being hung to dry, this does not affect the performance of the tights, and the wrinkles are not noticeable the next morning.
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I recently wore them on a backpacking trip where we estimated the temperatures were 10 F (-17 C) or colder at night. I wore them over bottom thermals and they were not warm enough. I had to add my rain pants for walking around camp and in my sleeping bag to be as warm as I prefer. This is the only time I have added my rain pants for warmth.
I have really enjoyed wearing my fleece tights as backpacking pajamas. They are the best way I have found to stay warm and comfortable while sleeping, preparing meals in camp, and for an evening enjoying the stars. I have talked about them so much that my friends are starting to wear them. These tights will continue to be a mandatory piece of sleeping gear during all of my future backpacking trips.
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Hi Frances, Thanks for the OR in reply to the call. I have some major edits this time so will need to see the review again before making the folder. PleaseMessage 1 of 3 , Dec 9 6:34 AMView SourceHi Frances,
Thanks for the OR in reply to the call. I have some major edits this time so will need to see the review again before making the folder. Please repost here when done, with a new HTML copy too.
***BLACK DIAMOND FLEECE TIGHTS
***Manufacturer: Black Diamond Sportswear
***Model Name: Double Diamond
***Year of Manufacture: 2012
EDITS: I guess the biggest problem is that these are not made by Black Diamond. They are made by Double Diamond Sportswear in VT (It looks like they had to change the name a while back.)
The next problem is that they are Closeouts that are only available at Sierra Trading Post. Since they are still available I will go ahead and go with it but all the info needs to be changed. You can't use any of the specs from the retailer's site, only the manufacturer (who doesn't have any). By the way, I have the Men's Fleece Pants from the same company.
EDIT: we may not use pictures from any retail site, only the manufacturer or our own. Please remove.
*** The temperatures are usually 30 to 40 (4 to -1 C).
EDIT: are usually 30 to 40 "F"
*** The waistband is 1 3/4 inches wide
EDIT: need the metric conversions